Is Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. (HKG:1551) A Smart Choice For Dividend Investors?

Dividends play an important role in compounding returns in the long run and end up forming a sizeable part of investment returns. Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank Co., Ltd. (HKG:1551) has recently paid dividends to shareholders, and currently yields 4.8%. Let’s dig deeper into whether Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank should have a place in your portfolio.

See our latest analysis for Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank

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5 questions I ask before picking a dividend stock

When assessing a stock as a potential addition to my dividend Portfolio, I look at these five areas:

  • Is its annual yield among the top 25% of dividend-paying companies?
  • Has its dividend been stable over the past (i.e. no missed payments or significant payout cuts)?
  • Has dividend per share risen in the past couple of years?
  • Can it afford to pay the current rate of dividends from its earnings?
  • Will it have the ability to keep paying its dividends going forward?
SEHK:1551 Historical Dividend Yield January 23rd 19
SEHK:1551 Historical Dividend Yield January 23rd 19

How well does Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank fit our criteria?

The current trailing twelve-month payout ratio for the stock is 31%, which means that the dividend is covered by earnings. Furthermore, analysts have not forecasted a dividends per share for the future, which makes it hard to determine the yield shareholders should expect, and whether the current payout is sustainable, moving forward.

If you want to dive deeper into the sustainability of a certain payout ratio, you may wish to consider the cash flow of the business. Companies with strong cash flow can sustain a higher payout ratio, while companies with weaker cash flow generally cannot.

If there’s one type of stock you want to be reliable, it’s dividend stocks and their stable income-generating ability. The reality is that it is too early to consider Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank as a dividend investment. It has only been consistently paying dividends for 2 years, however, standard practice for reliable payers is to look for a 10-year minimum track record.

Compared to its peers, Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank has a yield of 4.8%, which is on the low-side for Banks stocks.

Next Steps:

After digging a little deeper into Guangzhou Rural Commercial Bank’s yield, it’s easy to see why you should be cautious investing in the company just for the dividend. But if you are not exclusively a dividend investor, the stock could still be an interesting investment opportunity. Given that this is purely a dividend analysis, I recommend taking sufficient time to understand its core business and determine whether the company and its investment properties suit your overall goals. There are three fundamental aspects you should further research:

  1. Future Outlook: What are well-informed industry analysts predicting for 1551’s future growth? Take a look at our free research report of analyst consensus for 1551’s outlook.
  2. Valuation: What is 1551 worth today? Even if the stock is a cash cow, it’s not worth an infinite price. The intrinsic value infographic in our free research report helps visualize whether 1551 is currently mispriced by the market.
  3. Dividend Rockstars: Are there better dividend payers with stronger fundamentals out there? Check out our free list of these great stocks here.

To help readers see past the short term volatility of the financial market, we aim to bring you a long-term focused research analysis purely driven by fundamental data. Note that our analysis does not factor in the latest price-sensitive company announcements.

The author is an independent contributor and at the time of publication had no position in the stocks mentioned. For errors that warrant correction please contact the editor at editorial-team@simplywallst.com.